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  1. My Gigi is the panting kitten in that scenario. Its exactly as described. She is the one panting pretty quickly while the other 2 almost never pant. I am a little worried about it and I wont play with her when she gets really out of breath, til she calms down a bit. I suspect you may be right that she is exerting more effort than the other two but sometimes it is nonetheless a little shocking to see her panting so quickly and easily and for so long. I therefore take into account your reasoning but with a grain of salt. I told the vet before her spay appointment about it and he said he would call me if there were any anomalies. The surgery went fine and there was no further mention of her breathing which I presume he listened to carefully. I love that cat so much that I can’t help but worry when she really pushes herself which she does during play – so I am cautious regardless of everything. I worry about her little heart.

    Finally I agree with Hairless Cat Girl – with regard to all of these questions it’s better to enter a cat caretaker 20 year contract alot better informed. Furthermore if you don’t understand that an unaltered male behaves in a certain way then you should not be allowed to adopt an unaltered cat, full stop. Only a neutered one for people who know little or nothing of the difference. Its exactly those people who then decide not to neuter their male since it is not going to have babies so what do they care right – “let him keep his manhood”. If they dont understand the other behaviour traits connected with it neutering versus not then they will literally probably not see any reason to neuter him.
    Peoples first cat is a learning experience and it’s fair enough to ask alot of things, it’s good actually. I think that in the US it should be a law that first time cat adopters only be allowed to neutered cat. I wonder how much of the stray and feral cat problem comes from irresponsible people not wanting to spend a bit of money or just being plain ignorant of the responsibility. Probably they get annoyed with their cat spraying and then get rid of him. Or if its female they get rid of her when she comes home pregnant. It’s a tragedy no words can even begin to quantify and I for one would take very seriously cat caretakers asking some of the above questions. Sorry to get super heavy on this one 🙂

  2. There’s nothing more I can add, Michael and Liz you have said it all, having given very good advice and I too wish people would learn about basic cat care before taking in a cat.

    • Thanks Ruth. We are a good team aren’t we? I love our group of “experts” 😉 I think we are experts, though. The core regular visitors who know cats well. More than that the regular visitors have a deep empathy for cats which informs us as to what the best advice should be.

  3. Hi Michael,

    Good common issues to address for brand new cat parents – those that know next to nothing about cats. We all start at this point so there’s nothing to be embarrassed about.

    1. Cat yowls twice at night – Cats are nocturnal. When it gets dark, they go into hunting mode. Yowling at night is common for a cat. Most of our cats do that. Some of them will grab a cat toy and yowl frequently as they walk around with it in their mouth.

    Nothing to worry about in most cases.

    2. Cat sheds and owner can’t tolerate the mess – Yes, don’t have a cat or dog in your house. If you’re intolerant of pet hair, then keep fury animals out of your home.

    Alternatively, your cat should be brushed more often during the week. This might bring shedding to a tolerable level.

    As you pointed out, a hairless cat is an alternative but you’ll have to bathe them every week along with tending to their additional special needs.

    Bottom line is if you can’t tolerate a little pet hair on furniture, clothes, and on your hands, then don’t get a cat.

    3. Unneutered male cat yowls – Lots of potential issues here.

    It could be due to a medical issue. It could be that he is lonely. It could be that he is scared of something in the house or just outside the house.

    First, take the cat to the vet. He needs a routine checkup at least once a year anyhow and since he’s 9 months old, it’s about time to get him seen.

    If there are no medical issues, get the cat fixed. Understand that it takes several months for the “excess” hormones to clear out, so he won’t stop yowling for a time.

    If he is still yowling several months later (I don’t recall how long it takes for the extra hormones to leave the body) then you might change a few things in his daily routine such as: Playing with him more often, changing to a higher quality diet, emptying the litter box more often, getting him another cat companion, etc…

    4. Unfixed 9 month old male cat “bites” me – Could be play biting, a love bite, or that he needs to get neutered.

    Regardless of the cause, get him fixed right away.

    5. Is cat panting a sign of asthma? – Probably not in this case. Like you said, he probably just plays hard and runs out of breath. Most of my cats do during play.

    Conclusion – It’s not good for the cat to put the cart before the horse. Best thing to do in each case is to become better educated about basic cat care and the basic understanding of cats. Cat books, Cat forums, and cat blogs should be looked at quite a bit before adopting a cat. The wise and ethical thing to do is to properly prepare first, then get the cat.

    =^..^= Hairless Cat Girl =^..^=

    • Brilliant comment. Thanks Liz. You just add a bit, and a very valuable bit, to the article which rounds it off. I hope we have helped some cat owners here. I believe we have.

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